Keewatin Yatthe Prepared to Cooperate With Review

Friday, January 21, 2005 at 15:26



The Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority says it welcomes an investigation into its handling of the doctors’ contracts in La Loche.


The provincial health department has hired two consultants to conduct an internal review of the health region’s actions.


The contracts of four doctors were terminated without cause last year — a situation that angered the Saskatchewan Medical Association.


Since then, two physicians have re-signed with the health region under a different contract.


Keewatin Yatthe spokesman Richard Petit says a clause in the previous contract with the doctors permitted either side to terminate the contract without cause, provided six months’ notice was given.


Petit also says the health region will be cooperating fully with the investigation, and adds the health authority is not trying to hide anything.


Associate Minister of Health, Mike Shaw, says the province may provide advice or recommendations to the health region, depending on what the review uncovers.


Petit says, if that happens, the health region hopes the province commits resources to match any recommendations.